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So I decided to learn python.  I was happy, if occasionally frustrated, with how things were going.  When I got onto the idea of writing my own code (in the form of a text ‘choose your own adventure’ game) I was really getting into learning.  I got this idea in my head to port this game into Android and eventually develop it into more and more sophisticated levels (i.e. add some images, sound, maybe even a video game down the road….wayyyy down the road) but after much research, and in particular the following video, I found that doing so is not terribly practical at the moment.

I wonder if it would be worthwhile pushing for a mobile OS that does use Python as a main programming language (like Obj C for IOS and Java for Android).  It would be like a 3rd entity coming into the split market (as the current 3rd entity (Blackberry) is on its way out).  Sadly, this type of idea is well above my understanding on how such things would come about, not to mention the enormous amount of effort it would take to develop such an OS.  But hey, the idea is here now.  Feel free to pass it around and who knows…maybe someone would give it a shot.

Sigh, it’s amazing how little investigative work these monkeys do when trying to point the finger of who sends spam.  Note, their ‘quoted message’ tells me NOTHING because it fails to include email HEADERS which have all the relevant details (like IP address it was ACTUALLY sent from…).  You can read my response below it.

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Your contract number:  XXXXXXXXX
Your customer ID:  XXXXXXXXXXX
Our reference:  [Ticket XXXXXXXX]
Note:  Your personal 1&1 contract number and your name certify that this e-mail was sent by 1&1 Internet Inc.

Dear Mr. Don Belmore,

This is an urgent notice regarding the security of your 1&1 account.

In the minutes before this e-mail, your 1&1 mailbox “XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”
had been sending Spam e-mails.

We assume that a virus on your local computer spied out the password to your
mailbox and transferred it to the hackers. Having thus gained access to your
mailbox, the hackers misused it to send Spam e-mails through it.

How did we detect this? In order to protect your security, we use so called
spamtraps. Whenever they receive an e-mail that has been sent from your 1&1
mailbox, we know your mailbox was hacked. We will then alert you so that the
security of your account and data is quickly reestablished.

For your full information, you will find a copy of the Spam e-mail at the end of
this message.

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Important: In order to protect your security, we have set the password of
“XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX” to a random value.

This impedes further malicious access to your mailbox.
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To reestablish the security of your account and personal data, please
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1. Check your computer for viruses
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Perform a thorough anti-virus scan on all computers which have been used to
access the mailbox.

As immediate measure, get a free safety scan on

– Microsoft Safety Scanner:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx

– MacScan (for MAC users):
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As a permanent solution, 1&1 recommends Norton Internet Security, which you can
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2. Inform other users of “XXXXXXXXXXXXXX”
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Please inform everybody who had access to the mailbox of the possible virus
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Note: Please choose a new and secure password – do not enter the old value once
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If you should require further information, please reply to this e-mail, leaving
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Thank you for your attention to this matter. We appreciate your cooperation and
look forward to continue providing you safe and secure hosting.

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FROM: Katie Cahoon
DATE: 2013-09-27 21:55:12
BODY: Affected Mail Account: ‘XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX’
Country code of delivering IP: EG (XXXXXXXXXXXXX)

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Content checks:

RAZOR:
Listed in Razor2 (http://razor.sf.net/)

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This is an email abuse report for an email message with the message-id of 0MVeOF-1VMY103M59-00YEC1@mrelay.perfora.net received from IP address 74.208.4.195 on Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:55:14 -0400 (EDT)

For information, please review the top portion of the following page:
http://postmaster.aol.com/Postmaster.FeedbackLoop.php

For information about AOL E-mail guidelines, please see
http://postmaster.aol.com/Postmaster.Guidelines.php

If you would like to cancel or change the configuration for your FBL please use the tool located at:
http://postmaster.aol.com/SupportRequest.FBL.php
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Feedback-Type: abuse
User-Agent: AOL SComp
Version: 0.1
Received-Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:55:14 -0400 (EDT)
Source-IP: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Reported-Domain: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Redacted-Address: redacted
Redacted-Address: redacted@
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Hi. How are you? Cool website http://pcguard247.com/rnt/

Sent from my iPhone

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Kind regards,

Abuse Team

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Greetings,

There seems to be some confusion as to how my email is accessed.  Right now all my email goes through Google.  Google grabs the email from 1&1.  I do NOT run any sort of email client as all my email access is done via the web/Gmail.  You are essentially blaming Google as being infected but are trying to blame my computer system.  Good luck with that.
Point 2:  Neither Microsoft Safety Scanner NOR MACScan will work on my LINUX operating system.  Thanks for the suggestion though.
“1&1 recommends Norton Internet Security”
This is very sad to see and you ONLY recommend it because Norton pays you to do so.  No real computer professional would ever trust his system to such bloated and insecure software.  OH, it too does NOT run on Linux.  For which I am eternally grateful.
What is totally ironic is that Google flagged YOUR email as spam.  Apparently you haven’t checked it against a spam checker.
 
I suspect that someone reported my email to abuse@ and you automatically sent this pre-generated email to me.  Despite the fact that email addresses can easily be faked, it is amazing how many people are unaware of this.
 
I would highly recommend you trace down exactly where this email is coming from.  Please feel free to forward me HEADERS
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Sadly my system seemed to have taking a random keystroke as I was typing up the email.  so my email kinda got cut off before I officially finished.  Oh well.

 

                           DO NOT PRINT /FORWARD THIS MAIL ITS AGAINST THE LAW
This e-mail, including any attachments, is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 10 U.S.C. 2510-2521
 
 
 
 
                                              
 
ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONETARY CRIMES DIVISION
FBI HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS J.EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001
Ref: FBI/DC/25/113/13/2013
 
 
 
    
 
 
  Your attention is needed immediately
 
  We have been informed through our global intelligence monitoring network that the sum of $10.500, 000.00, has been released from a bank in Africa bearing your name as the beneficiary without dist certificate to clear your name and fund from every terrorist or drug or money laundering activities
 
We sincerely apologize for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a certified mail, phone call or a  face-to-face conversation,We will also send you a certified email later it is due to the urgency and importance of the security information needed. To checkmate financial recklessness, illegal gambling, racketeering and considering the effect of the global financial crisis rocking the United States, our government with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I) Washington, DC and the internet crime complaint center (ic3),alongside the CIA  signed an agreement with U.K  police for an immediate release of all overdue funds presently logged in their treasury and to ensure it is disbursed to the rightful beneficiaries in all parts of the world. If you the beneficiary would adhere to our instruction it will help you receive your payment  immediately
 
The bank knowing fully well that they do not have enough facilities to make this payment from any part of the world to your account directly, used what we know as a secret diplomatic transit payment (s.d.t.p) method to make the payment. direct transfers are difficult and secret diplomatic transit payment (s.d.t.p) are not  usually made unless the funds are  related to terrorist activities and we ask why must your payment be made in  a secret transfer if your transaction  is legitimate.
 
We do not want you to get into trouble as soon as these funds reflect in your personal account, so it is our duty as an international agency to correct these little problems before this fund reflects into your personal account.
 
we advise you to contact us immediately, as your funds have been stopped and are being held in our custody, until you are able to provide us with the dist certificate within 3 days from the country that authorized the transfer to certify that the funds that you are about to receive are terrorist/drug free or we shall have cause to impound the payment and subsequently prosecute you for cross border terrorist financial activites.
 
based on our findings, our investigative department wish to warn you against some miscreants, hoodlums and touts who go about scamming innocent people by claiming to be who they are not and thereby tarnishing the image of this wonderful country. By sending out fraudulent emails without our official logo and emblem we shall release your funds immediately we receive this legal document and we will ensure that you receive your payment without any further delay.
 
Note
 
We decided to contact you directly by email to acquire the proper verifications and proof from you to show that you are the rightful person to receive this fund, because of the huge amount involved. Be informed that the funds are now with a top bank in the united state in your name and under the monitoring/custody of the FBI. At the moment, we have asked the bank not to release the fund to anybody that comes to them, unless we instruct them to do so, and only if we receive the dist certificate this is to enable us carry out a comprehensive investigation first before releasing the fund to you.
 
hence, you are to forward your  dist certificate to us immediately if you have it in your possession, if you do not have it, then  let us know so that we will direct you  to the  appropriate  authority to  obtain the certificate then you are to send  it to our office. And thereafter, we will instruct the bank holding the funds, to go ahead and credit your account immediately. If you fail to provide the documents to this office, we will prosecute you and take appropriate action against you for not proving the legality of the funds.
 
Finally if you truly want to receive this funds without F.B.I troubles then reconfirm the following below
 
Name………………………………………………….
Address………………………………………………..
Sex………………………………………………………
Age……………………………………………………………
Contact number………………………………………..
Country of origin of funds……………………………..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yours Faithfully
 
SPECIAL AGENT (admin division)
Colleen M. Conyngham
(BADGE NUMBER JTT047101111)
FOR  FBI DIRECTOR
MR. JAMES COMEY
 
 
 
 
cc: general intelligence department (GID)
cc federal bureau of investigation (fFBIi)
cc .internet crime complaint center (ic3)
cc: Asia pacific group on money laundering (APG)
cc: international monetary fund (IMF)
cc: international organization of securities commissions (IOSCO)
cc: international banking security association (IBSA)
cc: world customs organization (WCO)
cc: inter-American development bank (IADB)
cc: national white collar crime center (NW3C)
cc: bureau of justice assistance (BJA)
cc: supreme court of South Africa(SCA)
 
 
 
LEGAL NOTICE:
Unless expressly stated otherwise, this message is confidential and may be privileged. It is intended for the addressee(s) only. Access to this e-mail by anyone else is unauthorized. If you are not an addressee, any disclosure or copying of the contents or any action taken (or not taken) in reliance on it is unauthorized and may be unlawful. If you are not an addressee, please inform the sender immediately.
 
AVISO LEGAL:
Salvo que se indique lo contrario, este mensaje es confidencial y puede ser privilegiada. Se pretende a su destinatario (s)solamente. El acceso a este e-mail por cualquier otra persona no estб autorizado. Si usted no es un destinatario, cualquier divulgaciуn o copia de lacontenidos ni de cualquier acciуn realizada (o no) en la dependencia en que no estб autorizado y puede ser ilegal. Si no son unadestinatario, por favor notifique al remitente de inmediato
 
 
                         DO NOT PRINT /FORWARD THIS MAIL ITS AGAINST THE  LAW
This e-mail, including any attachments, is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 10 U.S.C. 2510-2521
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LOL….fucking scammers.  Yeah…I swore….I really hate those guys.  This is pretty blatantly obvious a scam.   Nice to include a bunch of real details to confuse people.

Well, now that I am able to finally breathe, somewhat, I am getting back to developing my Choose Your Own Adventure text game.  Check out the latest minor tweaks to the game here.  Note: The Sci-Fi and Horror text is not working, merely a placeholder for their eventual development.

If anyone is interested in writing out a simple Sci-Fi or Horror storyline, similar in style to the Fantasy one, let me know.  Nothing complicated, just a bit of crazy fun.

Back in the 90s, pre-internet days (BBS for those old enough to remember….) we had some cool audio editing programs like Impulse Tracker.  With IT, I was able to make the following little edit.

 

Yeah, like you never saw this coming…

http://bgr.com/2013/09/21/iphone-5s-touch-id-hack-contest/

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic

Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

A short vid about me playing and learning some electronics.

Greetings all,

Wow it’s been awhile since i’ve been able to post here.  Been so severely tied up in doing some other website work and then took a vacation in Malayasia for 10 days.  Crazy stuff.  Here’s another site layout I setup.

afc

Not as nice as the first one but it gets the job done.  Even got a third one done, just waiting till it gets transferred to a live domain and a 4th one will be worked on this week.  Kinda missing working on Python but this is fun too 🙂